48 posts categorized "Video"

05/24/2020

Sun 24

Video- Colored Pencil vs. Watercolor

Have you seen the latest Memory Box video that compares working with colored pencils with watercolors?  It is loaded with great ideas for using some of the beautiful Memory Box floral clear stamp sets.  You can watch the video above or view it directly on YouTube here- https://youtu.be/lorFBhKbvvU

04/17/2020

Fri 17

Die Cut Flap Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everybody! I am always looking different way to use my dies to create a unique card shape or design, and so I made a video to show how you can create a custom cut card flap for your cards. I have included a list of the supplies used for each card below - enjoy the video and I hope you are inspired to try some new flaps!

(View this on Youtube here)

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Wild Rose Stem Double Flap

Wild Rose Stem clear stamp and die set

Lemon Drop Fairy Sugar glitter glue

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Cherry Blossom Wreath Corner Flap

Cherry Blossom Wreath clear stamp and die set

Lavender Ice Fairy Sugar glitter glue

Iris Fairy Sugar glitter glue

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Hello Topper Double Flap

Floating Butterfly

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Delicate Pastel 6x6 Glitter Pad

Twinkling Jewel 6x6 Glitter Pad

Springtime Bouquet 6x6 paper pack

Sunset Blush Wide Washi Tape

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Check out your collection and see if you can put your dies and stamps to new uses - as you can see it is easy to create a new opening for any card!

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03/07/2020

Sat 07

Video- Watercoloring with the Wild Rose Stem stamp set
by Dave Brethauer

The Wild Rose stamp set has large open areas that are perfect for watercoloring.  The video above has lots of ideas for using the stamp set as well as tips and techniques for coloring.  You can also view the video directly on YouTube here.

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Sat 07

Video- Glitter Paper and Copic Markers
by Dave Brethauer

Memory Box has brand new 6" x 6" glitter paper packs that are perfect for die cutting (the glitter stays on the paper and doesn't transfer to your hands or everything you own).  You can also add details and interest by pairing the glitter papers with Copic markers.  The video above teaches you about how well the two pair together.  You can also watch the video directly on YouTube here.

Don't forget that this month's challenge theme is glitter glues and glitter papers.  The video might inspire you to join us!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

11/28/2019

Thu 28

Card Basics with Wide Washi Tape Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

We've had a lot of fun with the new wide washi tape in our collections and I thought that sharing a video making some holiday cards might be a good idea! Washi tape has a translucent property that can transform a project into something magical - the possibilities are endless and this will get your creative juices flowing!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

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Listed below are close up photographs of the cards used in the video - along with a list of the supplies and links to where you can get them! More links are available in the supplies list in the video!

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Antique Holly Collage

94334 Antique Holly Label

WT501 Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape

Memory Box Mistletoe Swag clear stamp set 

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Snowflake Collage

94302 Sparkling Snowflake Trio

WT501 Twas the Night Wide Washi Tape


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Golden Drop Nativity

94314 Bauble Snowflake Frame

94313 Drop Nativity 

Shimmer Burst Wide Washi Tape


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Golden Pine Oval

94283 Pine Needle Oval Frame

1522 Chirping Birds

Memory Box Holiday Greenery clear stamp set


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Joyful Greenery Sprig

94325 Joy Airy Script 

Dashing Holiday 6x6 Paper Pad 

Snow Flurries Wide Washi Tape


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11/16/2019

Sat 16

Gilded Candle with Distress Oxide Sprays Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello fellow papercrafters!

Recently I have been obsessed with Distress Oxide Sprays and found time to make a video using them! 

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I can't get enough color and texture on my backgrounds as of late and these sprays create such an eye catching look. I am using some favorites from the Holiday 2019 Collection to make a collage style card - and the sprays helped pull things together in a flash.

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

The key is to experiment and add LOTS of layer s of sponged ink, oxide sprays and some metallic splatter. Have fun!

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Memory Box Dies
94336 Bauble Snowflake Corner 
94338 Mini Vintage Varsity Peace 
94288 Gilded Taper Candle
94340 Antique Greenery Label 

Distress Oxide Sprays
Broken China 
Mowed Lawn 
Peacock Feathers 
Twisted Citron 

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Distress Oxide Ink
Peacock Feathers
Wild Honey

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Embellishments
Gansai Tambi Watercolors 
Starry Color paints 

 

09/11/2019

Wed 11

Die Cutting with Napkins Video by Dave Brethauer

Hello and welcome!

Like everyone, I am always trying to think of new and different ways to stretch my supplies and I want to share with you a technique that is inexpensive and easy, and it is something that you will have so much fun doing!

Check out the video for how to cut paper napkins with your dies so that they are still sturdy enough to craft with. I did a little experimenting before I recorded the video to see what works!

(Watch this video in HD by clicking here)

What you will notice with this technique is the terrific texture that appears when you color the die cuts with watercolor! The die cuts puff up and wrinkle a little bit when you add liquid to them, changing the smooth die cut surface into a slightly puckered shape. The color spreads quickly - sort of a faux watercolor technique - and because of the layers of napkin, the color is rich and deep when the paint soaks in. I accented the watercolors with a gentle coating of metallic watercolor to give them a little sparkle. For the projects in the video, I used some Gansai Tambi Watercolors and Starry Color paints - but try this with any regular and metallic watercolor!

You can experiment with how many layers of paper napkin you use, colored napkins,  - or maybe try tissue paper! The possibilities are endless!

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CL5245 Tidings Wreath Clear stamp set


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I really like how the texture catches the light and shadows!

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Thankful Corner Branch Card

94301 Harvest Branch Corner Frame 

CL5243 Grateful Autumn Clear Stamp set

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Once the piece is dry, it may not be completely flat - this is OK! It will add a cultural feel to your project.

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Night Before Christmas Card

94290 Corner Holly Swirl

CL5234 Typewriter Holiday Elements clear stamp set


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Dies that have cut lines really show off this technique - the napkins retain those deep cuts and puff up around them.

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Frosty Pine Card

94283 Pine Needle Oval Frame

CL5244 Holiday Greenery clear stamp set

Distress Oxide Peacock Feathers, Faded Jeans and Walnut Stain for the background


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Here you can see how much the pine needle die cut is thicker and more raised than the background inlay.

 

Holiday Poinsettias

2229 Delicate Poinsettia

2235 Winter Berries

CL5246 Merry and Bright Mistletoe clear stamp set

 

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This technique really shines with leaf and floral shapes - the texture looks like real poinsettias!
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Autumn Leaves

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30117 Wrapped Stitch Frames

CL5243 Grateful Autumn clear stamp set

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The crinkled look on leaf shapes makes them look real!

10/31/2018

Wed 31

Washi Tape Shaker Window
by Olga Direktorenko

Hi crafty people, hope you are having great fall!

Today's project is actually a technique experiment. I am going to create a shaker card with Grand Maple Frame craft die and add some color and pattern to a clear window using washi tapes. Washi tape is a very unique material - it's a really thin paper that is semi-transparent (especially the light colored one). So adding it to acetate will result in creating patterned areas that you can still see the sequins through.

Watch the video tutorial below where I am demonstrating the entire process step by step! Thanks for visiting!

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08/18/2018

Sat 18

Watercolor Tips with Markers Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello everyone!

I had the chance to play with one of the new Christmas stamp sets and wanted to show a couple of tips for creating watercolor looks with markers. You can adjust the brightness of the color by using a few simple techniques to get the look you want!



To view this video in HD click here

I used two different techniques in the video - the first technique is to apply the marker directly to the paper and then work the color with a wet brush. The second technique is to apply the marker to a separate palette, pick up the color with a wet brush, and then apply it to the paper.

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For all of the projects today I used 140 lb. cold press (textured) watercolor paper, Zig Clean Color Markers and a plain old paintbrush (waterbrushes will work great too!). I stamped the CL5226 Be Jolly Clear Stamp set with a waterproof black ink so that my stamp lines wouldn't run when applying the water.

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I first used the technique of applying the marker directly to the watercolor paper and then blending it out with a wet brush. As you will see in the video, it takes a few layers to make it look smooth! The first layer will likely have a marker line that doesn't quite blend out - but after a few layers this will look a lot better.

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The great thing about this technique is that you can get really intense color! The brown areas, for example, get a a really deep shade and create some nice dimension. Now take a look at the difference with the other technique...

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...it is so much more pastel! For this card, I scribbled some marker onto a piece of plastic, dipped my brush into it and then started painting on the paper. The color is naturally more diluted - it blends easier and lays down less color. This is a great look too - it would just depend on whether you wanted a soft look or a more intense look!

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Once I had made a few of these layouts I had some time to paint and die cut a few of the pieces (using the matching 32226 die)- and use them on some alternate cards. I did some easy ink blending with Distress Oxide Broken China and Wilted Violet to create a halo around the center.

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I embossed the words "peace and joy" from the stamp set with white embossing powder and then set the skating bunny in the middle. I love how it turned out!

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I repeated the same composition again - this time creating a "window" with the bunny die and adhering the bunny to the inside of the card. A little bit of sponged Fossilized Amber ink adds a glow around the opening!

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I went ahead and colored in the sled and gift images too - and made a little scene showing the bunny pulling things along. A thin golden thread became a rope for the sled and fit just right with the card. The watercolor kept everything looking soft and gentle - 

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As I got towards the end, I realized I hadn't used the "for you" words yet from the set - and I immediately thought of the Poppystamps 1857 Taglet and Bow die. There was just enough room on there for the words and the heart and I thought it would make an interesting collage element with the bunny. I used the tips of the markers to create stripes on the bow - trying to mimic a bit of baker's twine.

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Of course, the card wouldn't be complete without a bit of glitter so I spread some Diamond Glitter Glue over the heart to give it some sparkle!

I hope you learned a few things with today's video - watercolor is so much fun and markers provide a few options for getting things to look just like you want them to.

Thanks for stopping by today!





 

 

 

 

08/10/2018

Fri 10

Alcohol Scrunch Backgrounds Video
by Dave Brethauer

Hello all you amazing paper crafters!

I am excited to share a simple and amazing background technique today that I had fun playing with. The nature of the technique gives unexpected results each time - so it always ends up feeling new and fresh. Lets get started!

To view this video in HD click here

You will need a couple of items for this technique - some alcohol based inks and some Yupo paper. Yupo paper is synthetic - so the alcohol ink travels and spreads in interesting ways on the surface.

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I wanted to share pictures of some of the backgrounds I create in the video - they really are beautiful and the texture that is created from the dried lines of ink is stunning. I think it looks crystalline in nature - almost as if you cut some agate or quartz, and saw all of the little fractures running across the rock.

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This second background had the same color scheme as the first - but there was a change because there were different amounts of the colors applied. You can still see the cool lines - but the edges of color are a lot more subdued.

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Once the backgrounds have dried (more on that in the video) then you can start using them on your cards. I chose a craft die that had a lot of open area so that I could really showcase the beautiful colors of the alcohol technique.

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The 99823 Gentle Valley Oval has a large open area that was just right for this application - so I used that along with the 94011 Jotted Thanks die. The background ends up looking like the northern lights! 

The Jotted Thanks comes with a background die that outlines the words - so I cut the "thanks" in white and then layered it onto a black cardstock outline. This really makes it stand out on top of the card.

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I had a little bit of that particular background left over, so I put it behind a cutout using the 94018 Elegant Holly Double Frame. There was a lot of open space in the middle - in fact, just enough room for the Poppystamps 2066 Hello Folksy Script!

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This is a good picture to show how deep the color can get - one of the things I learned doing this was that if you put a few drops of a dark color into the mix, it can create a lot of contrast. The lines along the seams of the plastic wrap really intensify. Without the dark color, the background becomes more pastel - which can be good too! You can decide what works for you!

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The die cuts almost float on top of the dreamy background! You will love it!

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Now here's a good example of a mistake! I couldn't wait to lift off the plastic wrap to see if things were dry...and they weren't!

The result?

A couple drops of alcohol ink spread out across the scrunched background - erasing the crackly lines a bit. However - these drops dried up and in the end I loved how the layers overlapped! There really are no mistakes!

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I used the 94018 Elegant Holly Double Frame again - this time I added the outer frame to the card, and then used the Birch Press Design Hugs die in the center.

I kept using some plain white on white color schemes - so that the background would really be noticed.

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During the process I realized that I had started the experiment with 4 or 5 colors that were quite different from each other.

What, I wondered, would happen if I used colors that were close to each other?

Even that color scheme is interesting! The scrunch technique separates the color a little - so that there is texture even with a single shade.

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I really love how it turned out! I glued the 94040 Wrapped Holly Circle Frame over the background - and it looks like a pattern of rubies underneath! 

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I realized at that point that the ink was going to make an interesting pattern whether I used 1 or 100 colors - so I experimented some more.

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In the end, I made about 2 dozen backgrounds! It is easy to start making them - and then try different things as you go. More color, more scrunching, longer drying times, shorter drying times, etc.

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I had plenty of backgrounds to work with after awhile! They are all so striking - and it was fun to use bits and pieces of them to create different little masterpieces.

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The Poppystamps 2002 Double Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frame cuts out a frame and also the inner portion of the frame. Here I used the center portion for the background - adding the Birch Press Design Big You Sugar Script die to the center. It is so easy - and looks so good!

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As a bonus, I had the frame portion left over, so I could use that on a second card! The words are stamped from the Birch Press Design CL8125 Hooray for Everything Clear Stamp Set.

I hope you like the video - it is definitely one of those techniques where you will walk away with inky fingers, so consider yourselves warned!